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orders that were underscored with brandished billy clubs. Even up to the last moment, when the police funneled the whole crowd toward waiting buses, I asked an officer if there was any way I could leave, and he directed me to officers with handcuffs."
The victim was struck with the billy club during the altercation but did not suffer any serious injury, police said.
Litchfield, 35, of 283 Drury Ave., Athol, was arraigned yesterday in Winchendon District Court in Gardner on carrying a dangerous weapon, a billy club, trafficking in oxycodone, possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute and a number plate violation.
Tapia recalls the time he and a friend saw an El Paso Border Patrol agent approach a Mexican "illegal" selling roses and begin clubbing him "without asking him anything." Tapia continues, "My friend said, |Just pick him up, don't beat him up!' and the officer hit him with the billy club, without even asking him anything.
The retired captain remembered carrying his Smith & Wesson .38-caliber gun with a 6-inch barrel, extra rounds, handcuffs and a short billy club during his days.
Saucier was arraigned Tuesday on charges of assault with intent to murder, two counts of assault and battery, and assault with a dangerous weapon (billy club).
Jeffery Voutour was also hit with a billy club, according police.
The department is inextricably linked with the brutal image of an August night a half-century ago, when police officers wielding billy clubs pummeled anti-war protesters during the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
This historical romance could be a sequel to "On The Road" as it revives the feel (or vibe) of the Beat presence in North Beach, San Francisco, circa 1960: Kenneth Rexroth reading poetry to jazz at the Cellar nightclub, cops wielding billy clubs and fire hoses on the rampage at San Francisco City Hall during the House on Un-American Activities Committee hearings, and the Paris of the Beat Hotel where Ginsberg and Bourroughs, among others, called home while they lived off and on in Paris in the late 1950's and early 60's.
The remedy using police to engage these boys with basketballs and billy clubs, depending on the situation, created an intense relationship that boys in upper-class towns and neighborhoods never had to negotiate.
Their operation was conducted without firearms, billy clubs, stun guns, tear gas or handcuffs.
When Conyes began his career in 1879, billy clubs and firearms were used to keep order, and prisoners were punished by being hung from the wrists in handcuffs, flogged and/or placed in a dungeon with no light, bedding or sound, and only bread and water for nourishment.